Thursday, July 25, 2024

What is Redlining and Urban Renewal?

In this introduction to Planetizens’ Roadways for People online course, Elizabeth Doerr explores the racist tactics and movements in American urban planning that resulted in a loss of housing and wealth for Black and brown communities. While Doerr focuses on Portland, Oregon, the construction of I-5, and the destruction of the Albina neighborhood, she outlines the history of redlining, urban renewal, and gentrification that continues to affect the U.S. overall. Finally, she proposes inclusive community-based approaches to planning as solutions for restoring and reconnecting historically Black neighborhoods destroyed during urban renewal.